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Vishy Anand Retains World Championship!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/30/12, 6:20 AM.

World Champion Vishy Anand has retained his title in a tense and exciting tie-break playoff with Boris Gelfand.

The Indian champion missed a winning opportunity in the first game with black, but won the second game of the 4-game tie-break when some excellent preparation drove Gelfand into terrible time-trouble and he lost a drawn ending.

Anand was lucky to survive a cramped position in game three, with the challenger missing the crushing 26. Nxe4, and Anand drew the final game to retain the title.

After the match Anand's immediate reaction was, "I'm too tense to be happy, but I'm really relieved".


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Game 1: A very sharp and tactical game ended with a draw.  Gelfand erred with 19.a4? which allowed 19...Qf3 and it looked like Anand had winning chances, but he seemed surprised by 22.Ra3 after which the advantage swung back to Gelfand.  Despite this, Anand managed to hold for a draw.  A missed opportunity for Anand?

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 1 pic4.jpg

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Game 2: Vishy Anand wins and takes the lead! The opening followed game 10 until Anand varied with 7.d4.  Gelfand was caught in the champion's preparation, and fell behind on the clock as he tried to solve his opening problems.

Anand found the strong move 17.Rg5, obtaining an excellent position, but Gelfand fought hard and achieved great drawing chances. Alas for the Israeli challenger, he was unable to continue to find the best moves as he survived solely on the 10 second increment, and Anand took the lead.

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Game 3: Another exciting draw. Anand varied with 4...Bf5 and Gelfand grabbed a lot of space with 13.c5 and 14.f4.  Anand's pieces became badly unco-ordinated and he sacrificed a pawn to free them and gain some activity.

Once again Gelfand was well behind on the clock and he missed the winning 26. Nxe4 after which Anand eventually achieved a draw.

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Game 4: Vishy Anand draws the game with white and retains his title!

Anand exchanged queens early on to simplify the position at the cost of a slightly better position for his opponent. 

Gelfand didn't need to be asked twice to attack, and threw his pawns forward on both sides of the board.  But the champion had it all under control, and despite Gelfand's desperate efforts, he had to settle for a draw and the end of his challenge.

Anand wins the match on tie-breaks 2½-1½.

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WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break game 4.jpg

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A happy Vishy Anand at the press conference...
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break press conference Vishy Anand.jpg
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...contrasted with the defeated challenger Boris Gelfand
WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-breal press conference Boris Gelfand.jpg
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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Interesting emotions by both players...

  • 2 years ago

    sumeetvnit

    congrats anand for becoming 5th time world chess champion......

  • 2 years ago

    XI_XI

    i wanted gelfand to win but he missed his chance mainly because he had bad psychology. I like anand also he is a good guy iam happy he is happy but i think this type of fighting for the worlchampionship is wrong...the worldchampion should play preliminaries just like everybody else. This is the way that the titles are decided in any other sport and chess is a sport of the toughest kind....

    one more thing....the top ten chessplayes should play the big tournaments not between themselves there so many gms why should 10-15 playes play these "grand-slam" tournaments....this is not fair....

  • 2 years ago

    suvadipray86

    These kids magnus and aronian need more experience if they are to become world champ... ELO rating and small time tournaments are diffferent.. WC winer gets 10 times more than what super gms would earn as prize money if they managed to win ALL the tournaments in a year... and of course the WC crown.. being called the greatest chess player and the new world champion... this time also i think an experienced player will win candidates and not magnus, aronian or nakamura.. as the level of preparation is different for WC crown than any normal tournament!

  • 2 years ago

    mikenz7

    Congratulations Anand, but the match didn't give us the strongest player in the world. We all knew Anand was better at rapid chess. The match didn't show us the World Champion for classical time control. Simply did not have the best players in the world! In the end it was a bit of a joke. If the format is not improved somehow the title 'World Champion' will lose prestige.

  • 2 years ago

    friendjonny

    Phew! I'm glad Anand won it. This years championship match just didn't cut it and so I'm glad that at least we've retained the world champion who won in previous matches. 

  • 2 years ago

    manteghi

    congratulation,Mr Anand.

    gelfand were good,too.But you were more resistant in a long time challenge.

  • 2 years ago

    bingo_gambit

    what a boring match!

  • 2 years ago

    carlesrb

    Congrats Anand!

  • 2 years ago

    TheSingingCricket

    The chess world is shocked, I'm sure!

  • 2 years ago

    castle_mate

    Congrats Mr. Anand!  Cool

  • 2 years ago

    Fasmin

    congrats, Anand, you had billion prayers with you

  • 2 years ago

    hydroheal

    Congratulations! SGM Vishwanathan Anand on winning an awesome chess championship.

  • 2 years ago

    aadchesskid

    IN GAME 1, MOVE 26 :..... RG4 OR RH4, WOULD VE RESULTED IN BLACK WINNING....

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Congratulations Anand, but the match didn't give us the strongest player in the world (my opinion). Anand won the RAPID chess crown, but Gelfand is just as good as Anand in classical time control. What I try to say is that this match didn't show us the World Champion for classical time control.

  • 2 years ago

    MiamiUnivChess

    A truly disappointing match, except for the surprising performance of Gelfand. But Anand did not display world champion qualities by any means..

  • 2 years ago

    _36darshan--

    ANAND WINS!!!!!!  HURRAH!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    muralidharancg

    1. congratsSmile

  • 2 years ago

    67jedichessmaster

    Well fought by gelfand but i knew Anand would do it...learning alot from these games !

  • 2 years ago

    Skand

    These two men were fighting for the world crown. They were not there to entertain the crowd. If some spectators did not enjoy, too bad. The rest of us enjoyed the battle of wits between the champion and the challenger.

    If someone feels he is a better player, let him come through due process and take the crown away from the current champion.

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